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Views of Job Situation Improve Sharply, but Many Still Say They’re Falling Behind Financially

Pew – Share saying there are ‘plenty of jobs available’ at 16-year high: “The public’s views of local job availability continue to improve. Currently, 50% of Americans say there are plenty of jobs available in their communities – the highest number saying that jobs are plentiful in Pew Research Center surveys dating to 2001. Since June… Continue Reading

Offshore Trove Exposes Trump-Russia links and Piggy Banks of the Wealthiest 1 Percent

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum. “A trove of 13.4 million records exposes ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s billionaire commerce secretary, the secret dealings of the chief fundraiser for Canadian Prime… Continue Reading

Guardian – Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate

theguardian investigative report: “Two Russian state institutions with close ties to Vladimir Putin funded substantial investments in Twitter and Facebook through a business associate of Jared Kushner, leaked documents reveal. The investments were made through a Russian technology magnate, Yuri Milner, who also holds a stake in a company co-owned by Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law… Continue Reading

Library of Congress digitized collection of Alexander Hamilton papers

“The papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence, drafts of his writings (although not his Federalist essays), and correspondence among members of the Hamilton and Schuyler families. The collection, consisting of approximately 12,000 items dating from 1708 to 1917, documents Hamilton’s impoverished… Continue Reading

HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017

115th Congress 1st Session, H.R. 1 [released on November 2, 2017] PDF 429 pages Section-by-section summary House GOP outline JCX-46-17 (November 02, 2017) Estimated Revenue Effects Of H.R. 1, The “Tax Cuts And Jobs Act,” Scheduled For Markup By The Committee On Ways And Means On November 6, 2017 Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget… Continue Reading

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

The World Economic Forum – “Gender parity is fundamental to whether and how economies and societies thrive. Ensuring the full development and appropriate deployment of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 benchmarks 144… Continue Reading

Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

“To continue to field a nuclear force roughly the same size as it is today, the United States plans to modernize virtually every element of that force over the coming decades. CBO estimates that the most recent detailed plans for nuclear forces, which were incorporated in the Obama Administration’s 2017 budget request, would cost $1.2… Continue Reading

Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections

Axios – What Facebook, Google and Twitter told the Senate Intel committee Axios – “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released examples of Facebook ads paid for by Russian actors during this afternoon’s hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Ads were displayed in the hearing room to drive home their concern about foreign governments “weaponizing”… Continue Reading

ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 235,000 Jobs in October

Marketwired: “Private sector employment increased by 235,000 jobs from September to October according to the October ADP National Employment Report®. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual… Continue Reading

Wharton – How a Lower 401(k) Cap Could Cause More Harm Than Good

[email protected] – “The Republican tax overhaul is a plan in search of revenue – and one solution that appears to be under consideration for covering the proposed cuts is lowering the cap on pre-tax contributions to 401(k) retirement savings plans. More than 62 million Americans have put money into 401(k) retirement plans, according to The… Continue Reading

Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs

World Bank: “Governments in 119 economies carried out 264 business reforms in the past year to create jobs, attract investment and become more competitive, says the World Bank Group’s latest Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs report. Marking its 15th anniversary, the report notes that 3,188 business reforms have been carried out since it… Continue Reading

WaPo – Who’s who in Mueller’s investigation into Russia ties

Follow up to previous posting – Mueller Investigation Criminal Indictments Against Three Trump Campaign Officials – the Washington Post assists in the effort to visualize this very tangled web: “On Oct. 30, three former officials from President Trump’s campaign were charged in relation to the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Different members… Continue Reading